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There are numerous reasons why an individual may want to change their name. The most common reasons tend to be divorce, which, leads a woman to take back her maiden name, or a stepfather’s adoption of his step-children results in the minors’ names being changed. While changing your legal name is not complicated, it takes attention to detail, as well as precise compliance with Ohio statutes and a court appearance.
The process includes some steps that may surprise you, it includes a court appearance, an application and publishing your change in the newspaper. In order to give notice to the community, the application to change your name must be published in a newspaper at least 30 days prior to your court hearing. The notice itself must identify the court where the application for the name change was filed, along with the case number and the date and time of the hearing. The application for a name change is filed in the Probate Court and must state:
Some criminal and juvenile offenses bar a name change, and in cases where a name change is sought due to a threat of physical harm, the court may seal the records of the name change. If either of these situations applies to you, then you should consult with our confidential and respected family law attorneys about solutions that we can craft for you.
When a name change is sought for a minor child, the petition must also be accompanied by the written consent of both living and legal parents. If a parent does not consent to the requested name change, then notice of the hearing must be given to that parent via certified mail with a return receipt. If a non-consenting parent cannot be located or identified, then publication of the petition in the newspaper suffices as legal notice to that parent.
A certified copy of the child’s birth certificate must also be filed with the petition for the child’s name change.